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  • Jumbotrons & Thundersticks: Parent Revolution Throws a Convention

    Jumbotrons & Thundersticks: Parent Revolution Throws a Convention

    • November 20, 2014

    The big white tent at Los Angeles Trade Technical College was festooned with balloons, draped in orange and white pennants and full of music. Swelling gospel-flavored sounds, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the ubiquitous party song “No te Metes con Mi Cucu” signaled a break in the program after a parade of speakers. The

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  • Adelanto Report Card: Year Zero of the Parent Trigger Revolution

    Adelanto Report Card: Year Zero of the Parent Trigger Revolution

    • October 16, 2014

    Throughout 2011 and 2012, the eyes of the education world were focused on Adelanto, a small, working class town in California’s High Desert. A war had broken out there over the future of the K-6 Desert Trails Elementary School and its 660 low-income Latino and African-American students. When the dust settled, Desert Trails Elementary was

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  • High Noon for Parent Trigger?

    High Noon for Parent Trigger?

    • October 16, 2014

    Whether or not Parent Trigger represents a bold frontier in the movement to privatize the nation’s public education system, its implementation in California’s High Desert does bear some of the freewheeling aspects of the old Wild West. Particularly when it comes to accountability and due process. Where do parents or teachers blow the whistle if

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